What to Expect During Your First Trimester of Pregnancy?

The first trimester of pregnancy is a milestone event in your life because this is the time
where the foundations of your baby’s body are going to form.

As new life is conceived, you should expect significant changes to your body, but the
good thing is that these are to be expected. The first trimester lasts from week 1 up to
week 13.

After this 3-month period, what you will be carrying in your tummy will officially be
known as the fetus or a little human.

Today, I am going to be talking about what you should expect during your first trimester
of pregnancy. Keep in mind that preparation is always necessary if you are going to go
on an arduous but rewarding journey such as this.

Before I begin, just remember that all throughout your pregnancy, you should not put
yourself in stressful situations. For example, putting a baby car seat in your vehicle is
cumbersome to do so let your husband or someone else install it for you.

Anyway, here are some symptoms that you can expect during your first trimester:

Symptoms

Because all of the foundations would have to be built during this time, your body will
experience significant changes both inside and out.

In the first two weeks, you will experience little to no symptoms but it will start to ramp
up during the 3 rd week and beyond as your body is preparing itself for the formation of
the fetus. It does this by producing a lot of different hormones and these hormones may
have side effects.

Some of the symptoms that you may experience during your first trimester are:

  • Breast Tenderness or Swelling
  • Toxemia
  • Implantation Bleeding
  • Excessive Sleepiness or Fatigue
  • Dizziness

A Visit to the Doctor

If you are pregnant, you are going to have to go to your gynecologist. Your first
appointment should be anywhere between 7 to 9 weeks in.

What you should expect on your first visit is that you will be asked a series of questions
and they will perform a number of tests to know how they can best create a pregnancy
plan for you.

You will be asked questions about your lifestyle, working conditions, previous
pregnancies (if any), menstrual cycle, medical history, medications (if you are taking
any), among a host of other things.

They will also perform a physical exam where your weight and height will be recorded,
as well as your body mass index or BMI. With it, your heart rate and blood pressure will
also be checked as well.

It is also mandatory for your doctor to perform an obstetric examination to determine if
there is something amiss.

Laboratory Tests

Your first trimester is where your doctor will establish your pregnancy plan. But in order
for them to come up with such, they might require you to get a couple of tests, such as:

  • A pap smear
  • Urine test
  • CBC or Complete Blood Count
  • A test to determine the presence of STIs
  • Blood Group Tests and Rh Factor
  • Tests for HIV, Rubella, and Viral Hepatitis.

Top Foods that May Cause Gas in Babies

Babies, by nature, are gassier than grown adults. That is because their bodies are still unable to digest the foods the way adults do, which is why they often pass gas either through burping or farting.

However, the foods that you eat may be a huge culprit in this. If you constantly need to bring more baby diapers because your kid is either passing gas or suffering from diarrhea, then you may want to look at the foods that they eat.

In today’s article, I will talk about some common foods that may cause gas in babies.

First Things First

For you to know what foods may cause gas in your baby, then you have to first look at yourself because they are most likely patterned in your image and likeness.

What I mean to say is that the foods that may cause you to have more gas than usual are also the foods that may cause gas in your babies as well.

Foods that Can Cause Gas

Why do you think babies are susceptible to gas? Well, for you to understand that better, you need to understand the process of digestion. So, whenever your kid eats something- may it be a fruit, grains, or vegetable- those foods will pass through their gastrointestinal tract and into their stomach.

Their stomach will do the heavy lifting and would digest the foods that your baby ingests. Once that is done, it will reach the small intestine in which it will produce carbon dioxide and hydrogen. There are some foods, however, that will create more gas than others simply because their bodies are unable to digest them the way they should be digested.

Some common examples include:

  • Broccoli
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Oatmeal
  • Bran
  • Apricots
  • Beans
  • Cauliflower
  • Pears
  • Cabbage
  • Plums
  • Prunes
  • Citrus Fruits
  • And Many More

Keep in mind that babies are naturally gassier than adults. It is usually not the fault of certain foods, but if you suspect that it is indeed caused by said foods, then you can expect them to pass gas after a few hours of ingesting the culprit.

Because of the naturally slow digestion process of babies, you can expect these foods to be in your baby’s system for about 2-3 days.

What You Should Do

I know that your first inclination after reading this article would be to eliminate all of the foods that were just mentioned earlier, but do not cross off everything. By doing so, you are also limiting the nutrient-dense foods in your baby’s diet.

According to Dr. Ari Brown, if you limit fiber and nutrient-dense foods in your baby’s diet, you are running the risk of inching them closer to having constipation, which is a far more serious condition for babies than gassiness.

The best thing you can do would be to find out the foods that your baby produces more gas with and then limit it a bit (but do not completely eliminate it). Doing this will help them get even more acclimated to the foods that they eat.